STEP 1 - MEET WITH YOUR HERBALIST
In my initial 90-minute consultation, Jennifer will take the time to get to listen fully to your story. What's the history behind your current experience? What other things have you tried in the past? We'll discuss diet, lifestyle, and aspects of health that are connected to your primary concern.
Consultations are done virtually over Zoom. The cost for our package of 3 consultations including the initial and two follow-ups is $250. Individual, one-time consultations are $150.
STEP 2 - TAKE HERBS AT HOME
As an herbalist, I utilize various herbal preparations to help you on your health journey. Everything from herbal teas tinctures, and powdered herbs, to topical preparations such as salves, infused oils, poultices, and essential oils.
As a client you will have access to "The Apothecary" where I will have your custom formulation ready to pick up at Desert Moon Botanicals or shipped to you anywhere in the U.S. A recommendation might look like 3-4 cups/day of herbal tea, or taking a tincture or powder 2-3x/day.
For acute issues people may find relief after just 1-2 weeks of herbal support. For most issues people will either be recommended to take herbs for several months, or an on ongoing basis, depending on the situation.
Cost of herbs is not included with the consultation, and can range from approximately $30-$120/month. I'll work with you to find a solution that meets your budget needs. If you have access to herbs already there is no need to purchase from The Apothecary.
STEP 3 -ADDRESS ROOT CAUSE WITH DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES
While the herbs are doing their work, I'll be supporting you with diet and lifestyle factors that may be at the root of the imbalance you're feeling. I'll help to identify simple, incremental changes that be made to get you on your path toward better health. The goal is for you to feel empowered to implement these changes long-term.
STEP 4 - GET ONGOING SUPPORT WITH FOLLOW-UP CONSULTATIONS
For most people I'll recommend a minimum of 2 follow-up consultations after your initial consultation, each 30-45 minutes. This will give you and your herbalist the opportunity to evaluate progress and make any necessary adjustments to your plan.
The beauty of herbs is that they work gently to support our body's natural capability for self-healing. The process takes time to work, and I will be with you along the way.
My goal is to provide holistic, whole-body care to help your body get back into balance and on the path to wellness. Working together as a team we focus on YOU to find the underlying issues causing your issues. Herbs, nutrition and lifestyle changes will get you back on track and healthy again!
An herb is any plant or plant part used for its culinary or therapeutic value. Many of the world's herbal traditions also include fungi, mineral and animal substances in their practices.
Herbal medicine is the art and science of using plants to support health and wellness. Practiced since the beginning of time, herbal medicine has persisted as the world's primary form of medicine with a written history dating back more than 5,000 years. According to the World Health Organization, large sections of the population in developing countries still rely on traditional practitioners and medicinal plants for their primary care. In America, 50 percent or more adults use herbal and dietary supplements on a regular basis, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Most pharmaceutical drugs are synthesized chemicals engineered to target very specific biological processes. Herbal preparations are made with fresh or dried plants and contain hundreds to thousands of interrelated and active compounds known as phytochemicals. Over the last 30 years, science has demonstrated that the safety and effectiveness of herbs are often related to the synergy of the whole plant’s many constituents. Pharmaceutical manufacturers often focus on isolating one active constituent, or active compound, from a plant while herbalists and phytotherapists use the full spectrum of the plant (medicinal part of root flower, leaf, aerial part, etc.) to support healthy function of the body. In recent years, standardized herbs have been introduced to the marketplace and these products often isolate one active constituent, rather than using the whole plant part. Herbal practitioners vary in their opinion and use of standardized versus full spectrum herbs.
One of the challenges with pharmaceuticals is that the drugs can be difficult for the body to process, which in turn causes unwanted, adverse side effects, many of which may be as much of a problem as the original condition.
Herbal medicine takes an integrated or holistic approach to explore all aspects of an individual—physical, spiritual, mental, emotional and lifestyle—and acknowledges the innate healing power of the human body. Herbal, diet, and lifestyle recommendations focus on supporting the specific needs of each individual.
Conventional medicine is a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals diagnose and treat symptoms and diseases. This system has many names including allopathic medicine, biomedicine, mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, and Western medicine. It should not be confused with Traditional Medicine, which refers to healing practices and herbal support that have been used with a high level of safety and efficacy for thousands of years. Conventional medicine employs modern techniques that could not be accomplished by Traditional Medicine, such as surgery to correct a cleft palate. While drugs and surgical techniques do save lives, conventional medicine seems to have lost its “whole person” perspective with a quick diagnosis and immediate intervention with pharmaceuticals that do not address the underlying health conditions and come with adverse effects, that, in some instances, lead to the use of additional pharmaceuticals.
The best medicine incorporates all the knowledge and tools available and starts with allowing the body to gently rebalance itself through dietary changes, stress reduction techniques and herbal therapies, followed by the intervention of pharmaceutical drugs and surgery when necessary.
Herbalists are people who dedicate their lives to working with medicinal plants. They include native healers, scientists, naturopaths, holistic medical doctors, researchers, writers, herbal pharmacists, medicine makers, wildcrafters, harvesters and herbal farmers to name a few. While herbalists are quite varied, the common love and respect for life, especially the relationship between plants and humans, unites them.
Herbalists apply traditional practices and evidence-based research of plants to support healthy function of the human body. A clinical herbalist is part of your wellness team, working collaboratively with you to support your health and wellness goals.
Herbalism is an art, as well as a science. No one can predict which herb will work best for every individual. However, the traditional and historic uses of herbs combined with an evidence-based approach informs the efficacy and effectiveness of a particular herb. If unsure if an herb is right for you, seek the assistance of a trained clinical herbalist.
The success depends upon a variety of factors including how long the issue has existed, the severity, the dosage and mode of administration (tea, capsule, or tincture, for example), the quality of the herbs and how diligently recommendations are followed. Herbs may work in as few as 60 seconds when using a spoonful of herbal bitters to soothe digestion following a heavy meal, to 20 minutes when soaking in a bath with rosemary tea to relieve tension, to days, weeks, or months for tonics to build energy or resolve long-standing imbalances. Chronic conditions may take years to reverse.
It depends on the herbs. Most herbs sold as dietary supplements are very safe. When used appropriately, the majority of herbs used by practitioners have no adverse side effects. A review of the traditional and scientific literature worldwide demonstrates that serious side effects from the use of herbal medicines are rare.
Equally important is disclosing your use of any herbs, vitamins, or any other dietary supplements to your healthcare providers. Although a particular herb is considered safe, there is always the possibility of individual sensitivity. When trying an herb for the first time, use a small amount for the first few days and monitor for any sensitivity you may experience.
*Most information taken from American Herbalist's Guild website
We are not licensed health practitioners. Which means that if at any point in time during an encounter we feel that what you have going on is beyond our ability to help you, or if we see any red flag warnings of deeper or more serious health issues, we may refer you to seek help with alternate providers, including the possibility of us suggesting you go to an urgent care center. We do this only out of concern for your health and safety.
Our goal is to be your guide through the world of natural health, to help you navigate the realm of herbs and alternative healing modalities, and offer you a way to find your own path to wellness.
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